Warning Bells from Earth – Amazon Fires

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The earth’s lungs are on fire, yet we don’t think it’s important to debate

Dynamites are burning a hole in the jagged mountain’s yet we don’t seem to care

Temperatures are rising; glaciers are losing their defenses and melting

Rivers are choked, strangulated with plastic and sewage flowing;

As man continues to grab all landmass, the river has no option

She flows into their homes and ravages everything in her wake;

After all, what would you do if cornered and choked from everywhere?

There are floods in some places, while the others cry for a single drop of rain.

Animals too have survival instincts,

If you bulldoze their homes, they are bound to enter yours.

A house cat too will retaliate when in fear

They won’t cry and plead but will adapt and lead

Fishes are swimming to poles and leopards are entering villages

A tiger too might eat grass…

But what about you and me?

Are we strong enough to adapt?

Are we smart enough to sustain.?

The writing is on the wall, for everyone to see

Apocalypse is not a one-day event,

It starts when nature strikes back;

The time has come and its time we cope;

Sustainable eco-friendly development the only hope

Amazon Fire 2019
Image Source – https://metro.co.uk/2019/08/23/shared-amazon-forest-fire-images-old-10619121/

I wrote this prose poem after the recent events and natural calamities that have struck the world over. There are forest fires in Amazon – (the lungs of the world), there are rampant constructions on hills and mountains in the name of development. The Glaciers in Antartica are melting and plastic has found its way to the South Pole as well!

The recent floods and cloud burst in India and drought in other parts like Chennai point towards water mismanagement and deficit. While the unprecedented heatwave across Europe is only making things worse. The natural habitats of animals across the world are shrinking while man is exerting extreme pressures on the limited natural resources.

This poem considers these incidents as alarm bells given by nature for man to mend his ways or face consequences. Sustained efforts by all the countries towards conservation, promoting local tribes and motivating them to protect the environment with jobs around environmental conservation, strict action against illegal activities is the key.

Post Author: Neha Tambe

Neha Tambe is a freelance social media marketer, writer and influencer. I studied mass communication and worked in various capacities spanning from journalism, copywriting to social media marketing. Blogging from the past 4 years. Founder and Owner of nehatambe.com.

22 thoughts on “Warning Bells from Earth – Amazon Fires

    Shilpa Gupte

    (August 26, 2019 - 1:29 pm)

    Have you seen the Netflix series, Leila?
    it’s about a world in the future and more than the story, what I saw about how our world was depicted, gave me the shivers. The world as we know it now will no longer exist in some years from now. The beginning of the end has started and we are to be blamed for it all. Our attitude of taking things for granted, taking the planet for granted has led us to this stage when we are at the mercy of nature’s wrath.
    If we don’t wake up now, if we don’t take any steps now, we can’t even imagine what the future generations will have to live with!
    I loved the poem you have written and, believe me, it gave me goosebumps!
    Such a sad state of affairs all because man has been so careless in looking after his home! 🙁

    Pragnya Mishra

    (September 20, 2019 - 10:01 am)

    We are indeed nearing to the end of the world. As we ignore and continue hurting nature. The poem do hit the chord.

    Aishwarya Sandeep

    (September 20, 2019 - 11:11 am)

    Even for tiger to eat the grass, both tiger and grass should survive. Population control, sustainable development a lot of things are a necessity for survival.


    (September 20, 2019 - 8:34 pm)

    For some odd reason i like researching and reading on natural calamities, and this post quenced my thirst for today! Thanks ☺

    Gurjeet Chhabra

    (September 21, 2019 - 12:10 pm)

    These are sign of the disaster and warning for human being but still human being does not bothering and it will be too late to understand and work on it

    Roma Gupta Sinha

    (September 21, 2019 - 3:53 pm)

    I hear you buddy and what a meaningful weave. IT was really touching and calls out to all to work towards the need of the hour


    (September 21, 2019 - 8:31 pm)

    The population explosion is a big problem.The mother earth is over burdened and we need to remember everything is finite materially.

    Noor Anand Chawla

    (September 21, 2019 - 9:45 pm)

    That is really powerful imagery Neha. I hope we can make a small change through our words.

    Anahita Irani

    (September 21, 2019 - 10:51 pm)

    Brilliant post on the calamities anyone can face. Kudos and thanks for the enlightenment

    Neha Jain

    (September 21, 2019 - 11:10 pm)

    It is hightime respect our mother nature and understand the pollution we are creating for our environment. I hope people understand and change small changes make a big difference.


    (September 21, 2019 - 11:20 pm)

    Absolutely correct. We need some big steps.

    Judy Morris

    (September 22, 2019 - 12:19 am)

    A powerful message and a powerful post indeed. I have always advocated sustainable living and your post clearly shows the adverse effects of natural imbalance.


    (September 22, 2019 - 7:42 am)

    The poem comes with a strong message Neha! Nature is giving us an alarming sign if we ignore then results will drag us in a big disaster.

    Tina Basu

    (September 22, 2019 - 8:41 am)

    and a total apathy towards it from the world, is so disheartening. Killing millions of hectares of green cover and animals in the name of clearing land is the biggest crime possible. It will turn back to haunt us very soon.

    Rakhi Parsai

    (September 22, 2019 - 9:42 am)

    This is such a strong message that we should indeed wake up and start working towards saving our planet and make it better to live on it for a long time to come.

    Amrit kaur

    (September 22, 2019 - 11:00 am)

    I can so sense that we are moving towards the end of our world. We need to work towards a better tomorrow.


    (September 22, 2019 - 11:02 am)

    The nature has already warned us so many times like, heavy rains in Mumbai, floods in Assam earthquake in Gujarat but India still does not understand the importance of sustaining our natural environment we are still cutting are mangroves we are still cutting of forest and is going to be bound to happen no so I feel let’s be prepared for it and one man cannot do it we need to make an joined effect to show the environment that we do care

    Gunjan Upadhyay

    (September 22, 2019 - 11:30 am)

    This is such a powerful prose Neha, Great work. Keep it up and keep sharing such good content with us.


    (September 22, 2019 - 5:03 pm)

    Such powerful words …Its high time and we have to act fast to protect our environment.


    (September 30, 2019 - 3:58 pm)

    Absolute alarming bell. Immediate steps required for balance in nature. Very well written and described.

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